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Burgess throws support behind embattled brother Sam, flags future career as NRL coach

Souths star Tom Burgess has stood by his brother Sam following his latest run in with the law after he was arrested allegedly with cocaine in his system and charged with driving offences.

The latest police charges came while Sam Burgess is currently in the process of appealing a decision that found him guilty of intimidating his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke.

“I’m always supportive, he’s my brother, no matter what happens – and I’m sure the club will be too,” Tom Burgess told Nine News’ Danny Weidler.

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It now appears a long way back for Sam in terms of his future career in rugby league after he was stood down from his roles at the Rabbitohs during the fallout of his intimidation case.

His latest infringement is a massive setback for Burgess’ coaching ambitions, but his brother Tom lauded his impact on the team last season, the first since his retirement in 2019.

“He was great for us last year, coming in and working with the forwards and even with the leaders,” he said.

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“I think he just brings a good mentality and a resilience, that sort of thing. He’s a great footy mind as well. He watches a lot of footy, he’s always had that sort of coaching brain.

“He gets the forwards and does specific drills with us that are really current, I suppose. He’s only been out of the game one year, he knows what’s good.”

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Burgess scored 44 tries in 182 games for the Rabbitohs since his debut in 2010 and won a premiership for the club in 2014, taking out the Clive Churchill Medal that season.

While his immediate focus is getting his life in order away from rugby league, brother Tom has no doubt he will make a good NRL coach one day.

“Not at all no,” Tom replied when asked if he would be shocked if Sam became an NRL coach in the future.

“You might see him get a few more greys on the side there… but I could see him doing that down the track. He’s definitely got the headspace for it.”

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